Shooting victim Rico Gordon 'hated violence'

Rico Gordon
Image caption Mr Gordon was looking for a job in a Bristol gym

The family of a man who was shot dead in a Bristol street have said he would "always step away from any violence".

Rico Gordon, 21, from London, was shot early on Sunday near the Coach House pub in Stapleton Road, Easton.

Four men have been arrested in connection with the incident. Three of them - men aged 16, 19 and 20 - have since been released on bail.

A man, 23, and a woman, 19, who were also injured are now in a stable condition at Bristol Royal Infirmary.

In a statement, Mr Gordon's family said he was "hard working, caring and loved by family and friends".

"He was always polite and would always step away from any violence," they added.

The family tribute continued: "Rico's little brother looked up to him and he was almost like a father figure to him.

"He loved music and spending time with his family and had lots of friends.

"We never thought that anything like this would ever happen to him. We are absolutely distraught."

His family said Mr Gordon had a new girlfriend in Bristol and had been looking for a job in a gym.

Image caption Stapleton Road was closed at the scene of the shooting and reopened on Monday morning

They added: "He had his whole life ahead of him. He will be greatly missed by us all.

Avon and Somerset Police said the investigation was likely to be long and complex.

"Anyone who was in the area at about 4.10am on 3 July is asked to get in contact."

"Every piece of information will be treated in confidence," the force spokesman added.

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